April 8, 2014

Ross Seed harnesses green thumb


Saturday morning brought sun, the smell of flowers and a hum of activity to Ross Seed True Value.

The company welcomed spring with their 16th Annual Plant Day on Saturday. Plant day sales included plants, annuals and vegetables in trays of 48 for $10 per tray and other discounts.

Manager Paul Horton, who began the promotion at Gibson Discount Store before it started at Ross 16 years ago, said this year's event was the most successful one he's been a part of. 

Horton said the company sold hundreds of $10 flats, tomatoes and strawberries and is looking to ease lines at the cash register for next year.

"I never dreamed we'd sell that many plants…truth is, the store isn't built for a promotion ilke this," he said. "Everybody had a good time."

He said Plant Day is traditionally the store's strongest sales day of the year, in part because it signifies the beginning of spring for gardeners.

"It's about attitude and emotion," Horton said. "Everyone's in a good mood looking at plants [and] people that enjoy plants like to see that many of them. Part of it is the displays we build and part of it is [the beginning of spring]."

Nita Orndorff said she attends the event every year and enjoys looking at the new plants available each year.

"I love when they bring in the truck [and looking at] all the new plants," Orndorff said. "I usually look for perennials and [plants] they bring back every year."

Candy Murphy said she grows tomatoes, potatoes, onions and more, so she selected some tomatoes at the event.

Murphy said she's attended the event before, but usually sends her brother-in-law in her stead.

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